Hello and Welcome Back! It is an absolute delight to finally be returning to our building this autumn after a few test events over the summer – we can’t wait to see you again! It has certainly been a very challenging eighteen months, for some of us COVID has been truly devastating, but we’ve all been changed in some way, and here at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre we are no different. As much as we’re keen to look forward, it is important to hold onto the commitments to a more just and equitable future made in the heat of the pandemic, and also the achievements of those artists and members of our community that worked so hard to keep creativity alive during lockdown. To this end, as we reassess what we do and plan to rebuild, we won’t be looking to simply revert to the status quo. Instead, we’ll be taking a more long-term view about how best we can serve the public, making more of digital technology to share our work but also championing opportunities for more of us to take part in shared experiences across our programmes so that we can truly say the city is our stage.
From the creators of previous PopOut Festival highlights SEANCE and FLIGHT, which thrilled and spooked audiences back in 2018 and 2019 comes a new immersive audio theatre experience – DARKFIELD RADIO. DARKFIELD RADIO is an app, a brand new, innovative form of entertainment directly responding to the new age we are living in, immersing audiences in strange and curious worlds in their own home and bringing new meaning to the familiar spaces we inhabit. We went took a look behind the scenes at the creation of this unique event! Artists David Rosenberg and Glen Neath have been making work together since 2011. In 2016 they formed Darkfield with producer Andrea Salazar and began to create a series of shows in bespoke shipping container environments, using darkness and immersive experiences to explore fear and anxiety. In 2018 Darkfield brought SÉANCE to PopOut Festival and in 2019 FLIGHT, but for PopOut 2021 the company has something different in store, born out of the restrictions of the pandemic, but remaining true to their unique immersive audio aesthetic – Darkfield Radio. We caught up with Glen Neath to discuss the creation of these innovative new dramas: Darkfield Radio is a bit of a departure
PopOut Festival is back! A lot has happened since our last festival in 2019, and it is with a sense of thankfulness and expectation that we look forward to this year’s PopOut Festival, which offers our trademark mix of outdoor performance, pop-up theatre and unexpected creative experiences that animate our city. It hasn’t been plain sailing and we’ve had to change our plans several times over the past two years to match shifting circumstances but life never stands still and we’ve learnt to adapt our ideas to reflect new challenges and opportunities. One such opportunity is an exciting new location for Roundabout Theatre down on the Brayford Waterfront, courtesy of University of Lincoln. This new site will allow us to spread out, making the most of the space with refreshments and free performance, alongside some top-notch drama fresh from Coventry UK City of Culture. Certainly, we wouldn’t be able to go ahead without the ongoing financial support of University of Lincoln or HM Government and Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund, which has enabled us to commission and programme a number brilliant productions from immersive theatre with Darkfield Radio to three days of outdoor circus. We’ve also been able to
This October LPAC will be launching a brand new adult community theatre group in collaboration with Lincolnshire One Venues!
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, owned and operated by University of Lincoln, has received a grant of £71,600 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including LPAC in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was previously successful in its application for £153,363 last autumn, which helped to safeguard local jobs and support its creative programmes. This further commitment to the centre will allow University of Lincoln to plan for a more sustainable future for LPAC, reviewing its business model in the light of changes to the sector nationally and the needs of audiences locally, whilst providing infrastructure support through its transition. Artistic Director of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Craig Morrow, said: “We are incredibly grateful for this ongoing support in such difficult times. This second grant means that we now have the space to plan for our reopening in a way that will better address the needs of local communities, exploring the long term sustainability of the venue and revitalising our role within the city.”
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was lit up red on Friday 20 March for the final time as part of the We Make Events #LightItInRedCampaign, joining 2000 places across 25 countries to raise the plight of the hundreds of thousands of highly skilled professionals serving the events industry. Having previously lit up the outside of the venue, this time our technical team and students studying on the BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management course at University of Lincoln shone a new light onto our backstage areas, producing some wonderfully evocative images. Everyone is facing hardship as we collectively deal with the pandemic but the hospitality, events, and cultural industries have been hit particularly hard, with the voices of increasingly vulnerable organisations, small-businesses and freelancers increasingly falling on deaf ears. These normally viable and highly valuable organisations staffed by your friends, relatives, and the person down the street are at risk through no fault of their own and through the #LightItInRed initiative we stand as one with our colleagues across the world to lobby for temporary support until we can stand on our own two feet again. Certainly, some organisations are in a stronger position than others to weather the storm and
Following the announcement of the Government’s roadmap for reopening, we thought we would update you on Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s plans. Whilst we welcome a timetable with clear milestones that show us the way forward, we do so with an air of cautious optimism. It is clear that social distancing will be in place for indoor events until at least midsummer, but we acknowledge that this is a moveable timescale, dependent on many factors, and that any events scheduled for later in the year may be subject to restrictions that might necessitate further rescheduling. Consequently, as we begin to put events on sale again for 2021, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to a money-back guarantee in the event COVID-related complications so that you can book with confidence. As we begin to reopen, we will be taking time to make sure we do so in a way that keeps audiences as safe as possible. Our plans for the rest of 2021 currently include a summer programme of community-led performances, alongside popular family entertainment and outdoor performance in the city. We then hope to re-open our café and offer a regular programme of activity across all of our spaces from
***An update on our re-opening*** Unfortunately, with the implementation of a new national Lockdown we have no choice but to cancel our re-opening plans for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre until April 2021 at the earliest. If you have booked tickets for any socially distanced live events scheduled during that time you will be contacted shortly. Our Artistic Director, Craig Morrow, has the following message: “Given the ongoing volatile nature of the pandemic it is with deep regret that we will now have to remain closed until much later in the year. Although we have constantly adapted to the Government’s ever-shifting guidance and timelines for re-opening, putting in systems and infrastructure to enable us to host socially distanced events, whilst devising new creative ways of allowing audiences to experience performance, we have been foiled at every turn and often with only a couple of days notice. This has undoubtedly been frustrating for audiences, but soul-destroying for staff and artists who have worked tirelessly to meet the guidance issued to the cultural sector. Although I completely understand and support the need for such reactive measures it makes it no less devastating. Back in the October 2020 we were lucky enough to receive
Make your own The Snow Hare in Winter Decorations and see them featured in the show! Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), in collaboration with Under the Bed Theatre, are inviting families to get involved with festive craft-making activities and to see their creations become a part of this year’s Christmas show for younger audiences, The Snow Hare in Winter. Themed around the characters and imagery of The Snow Hare in Winter the crafted decoration ideas are made using both recycled and arts and crafts materials, including cork baubles, cardboard tubes and washed-out tin cans to create baubles, bright-eyed owl lamps and tin lanterns. The Christmas Decoration Project is an opportunity for family members of all ages to spend time together making heart-felt decorations to brighten up their homes during this, the darkest time of the year. Once completed, take a photo of your creations and send it to LPAC’s team to be included in the recorded staged theatre show of The Snow Hare in Winter which will be available to stream 24th December – 6th January. Entries need to be submitted to the venue by 20th December for inclusion. To find out how to make your very own The Snow
LPAC’s Christmas Productions Revised in Light of Tier 3 Restrictions Augmented Reality App and Live Streaming Save Christmas Shows! On Thursday 26 November the UK Government confirmed that Lincolnshire will move into tougher Tier 3 restrictions following the end of the second national lockdown on Wednesday 2 December 2020. Prior to the most recent lockdown, Tier 3 restrictions had not included live performance, and so it was hoped that Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) would still be able to present a live performance experience for both A Distant Christmas and The Snow Hare in Winter this December. Consequently, with the inclusion of theatre amongst those restricted activities in the revised Tier 3, the Government’s announcement has had a profound impact on LPAC’s plans for Christmas. However, despite the disappointment that they can no longer continue to offer a live performance experience, both productions will still go ahead, albeit in digital form. These new digital offerings, whilst still a high-quality creative experiences, will come at a reduced price to reflect the change in format. A Distant Christmas is now purely app-based and will be free to download from Saturday 19 December 2020 until Sunday 31 January 2021 with a recommended donation